Zoning OK'd for proposed Loop apartment building

200 - 218 W Lake St
The Chicago Plan Commission approved zoning changes Thursday for a 43-story apartment tower proposed for the northwest corner of Lake and Wells streets in the Loop. The developer, 210 – 218 W Lake St, LLC, is planning 335 apartments, 152 of which will be studios. There will be about 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 549 parking spaces.

You can’t see much of the design, by Solomon Cordwell Buenz, from this photo – but we’re working on scaring up renderings and more details. We do know that plans call for a pool, a sun deck and a dog run on the 11th floor, and a green roof. Three planters are planned along the Wells Street side.

Burton Natarus, outgoing alderman of the 42nd Ward, said he liked the idea of rental units in the Loop but predicted the building would turn condo in seven years. He called the design “keen” and “sensitive.”

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